Blue Sky Day for skiing as pre-start testing scrapped


The tourism industry is delighted that pre-departure testing ends at 23:59 on Monday June 20, just in time for the ski season, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA).

The new date will see New Zealand align with much of the rest of the world, giving travelers the confidence to book a trip to our shores.

Throughout the pandemic, TIA has supported the health-based response that has clearly saved many lives.

“Abolition of pre-departure testing will make it easier for potential visitors to choose New Zealand when determining where to vacation,” said TIA chief executive Rebecca Ingram.

“We are delighted to now be able to move into the next phase of recovery and confidently welcome more international manuhiri (visitors) to our shores.”

Ms Ingram said the earlier date would be a boost for the ski industry, with news following Queenstown’s biggest snowfall in years over the weekend.


  • TIA is the main body for the tourism industry in New Zealand. We are the only independent association representing all sectors of New Zealand’s large and diverse tourism industry.
  • TIA has approximately 1,300 member companies from all sectors, ranging from small owner/operators to large publicly traded tourism companies and international hotel chains.
  • The TIA is deeply involved in discussions about recovery and what the future of tourism in New Zealand will look like.
  • TIA is leading the implementation of the industry’s commitment to tourism sustainability, which aims to see every New Zealand tourism business contribute positively to our people and cultures, our environment and our economy.
  • TIA offers a comprehensive and diverse range of industry events including TRENZ, New Zealand Tourism Awards, Discussing Tourism regional events and Tourism Summit Aotearoa.

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